Barbieri: Springfield residents can help police do their job

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Incoming Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri says a successful city requires three things: homes people are happy to live in; places for them to work, and collaboration between police, government, and business owners.

Barbieri met with some of those business owners Tuesday to address their concerns like the bad reputations of some Springfield neighborhoods.

Christopher West of Springfield said, “I can’t lie, there are some nights where I don’t want to go out because there are incidents that happen in Springfield.”

“People are just afraid to come downtown because they have this illusion Springfield is a bad place. The police do a good job. There are isolated incidents that scare people,” said Ray Catuogno|ceo of Catuogno Court Reporting.

Barbieri laid out his five priorities, which include real-time crime analysis in the field to track the frequency of calls from certain locations, and a public feedback process.

Barbieri told 22News in order to make the whole City of Springfield safer, everyone in it needs to take some responsibility. That includes protecting their neighborhoods day to day and also cooperating with police following an incident.

“The constitution is based on people’s rights to face their accusers,” said Barbieri. “If there’s no involvement it’s witness identifications and statements that allow us to move forward with arrests and prosecutions.”

Barbieri said he wants to expand C3 policing efforts in the North End to the South End, Mason Square and Forest Park.

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